"Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor, United Kingdom" (c) 2013 Stu Jenks
I used to like Halloween as a child, with its Baby Ruth candies, its neighborhood spookiness and it being my mother's birthday too, but I haven't liked the holiday for years. I'm not a big fan that in America many adults use the holiday as an opportunity to express their sexual darkness, or their romanticism of Death, or their drunken angry inner selves. That being said, I do like the reverence of the Christian All Souls' Day, All Saints' Day and the resurgence of The Day Of The Dead celebrations, with personal altars displaying photographs of loved ones gone, and orange marigolds on graves newly cleaned.
I'll be walking in the All Souls' Procession in Tucson this Sunday, but I'm planning a more personal observance this weekend, of this time of the year when the veil between worlds is thin. Next year, I hope to be near Lively, Virginia, sitting on a bench in my family plot on November 1st, small candles burning near the headstones of my mother, father and sister.
Above is a photograph I took of Wistman's Wood last Spring when I was visiting friends in Chagford, Dartmoor. One of the oldest remaining oak wood in all of the UK, beautifully dwarfed by time and wind, Wistman's Wood truly is a sacred place, being its own gateway between earth and sky.
I wish I was there right this second, holding a photo of my family in one hand and a bunch of marigolds in the other. Or if not there, sitting on a marble bench in the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Over the next year, I'll be featuring old and new images on the StuBlog.
This one was shot using an old Rollei loaded with Ilford black and white film, printed on Fuji Crystal Archive color paper in a chemical darkroom, the old Toole Shed darkroom, which is sadly no more. The space is now storage for a defunct hipster clothing boutique. The sinks are still there but the enlarger and processor are long gone.
Everything changes, but sometimes the change is for the worse.
It's a sin to kill a Mockingbird, or to cut down a Dogwood tree. It's also a sin to take apart a perfectly good chemical darkroom.
I posted a bear-playing-tetterball video on Facebook, stating I needed a little cheering up. My friend Ari posted the below in response. This cheered me up much more than the bear. Thanks, Sir Ari.
I simply cannot compass a man such as yourself needing cheering up!
Why, sir, you are lord of Letters and Artes, a king of light and
aperture, a worldly pilgrim with the golden mud of a thousand lands upon
your sandals, and the kind of chap
who's glad heart brings joy to all within his sphere. So be of glad
countenance, my friend. Remember: we are *still here*. Some days, let
that be enough! This post is delivered with much love from your friends
and admirers in Michigan!" from Ari Berk.
"Grand Canyon Prayer Tower, Arizona" (c) 2013 Stu Jenks
Same as below. Taken with a Rollei, using Ilford Delta 400 film, employing battery-powered Christmas lights. And I create that effect by advancing the film across an open shutter plane. Shutter was open around eight minutes, at f 5.6. Again, if you want to buy a print, contact me. And I'm OK if you share the jpeg. Just don't print it, if you would. Prints, books, and image rights is how I make a living. Enjoy.
"Coalmine Canyon Prayer Tower, Arizona" (c) 2013 Stu Jenks.
And in this era of photography in which it's hard to tell what is real and what is not, this image was shot with my old Rollei, using Ilford Delta 400 B&W film, and a good number of battery powered Christmas lights. No major photoshopping was done, other than cropping and a bit of sepia toning. That's it. Enjoy. And if you want a print of this, I'm easy to contact. Facebook works just fine.
"Hoodoo at Sunset, Coalmine Canyon, Arizona" (c) 2013 Stu Jenks.
Sadly, my main website, www.stujenks.com, has been hacked and infected. We have taken down everything except a front page to direct you to my other sites and stores. You can still purchase books and CDs through my Square page and my Fezziwig Press page, and ebooks at all the usual places.
We are redesigning www.stujenks.com now, to be sleeker, more iPhone friendly, and with easier ways to buy stuff and see new things. That's the good news. The bad news are the bastards that infected my site in first place, so I had to burn it down.
It's a fragile, vulnerable world, the internet.
But if this is the biggest problem I have this month, I'm fine.
Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair (The Deaths of Pamela and Mary Jenks), the book, is now for sale.
Here's how you can purchase it.
1) Within a few days, the PBRC book, will be at Tucson Touch Therapies here in Tucson, at the northeast corner of Alvernon and Pima.
2) Or make an appointment by emailing me at email@example.com and you can purchase one at my studio, here in Tucson, at 549 N. 7th Ave. $24.95 plus sales tax. $26.97 total.
3) Or I can Priority Mail you a copy. I take checks. I take Paypal (log into my Paypal account using my email address.) I take Square. I take cash. I take tamales. Really. A dozen tamales gets you a book. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or log into my Paypal or Facebook me with your address, method of payment, etc. $24.95 plus sales tax if you are local. No sales taxes outside of Tucson and Arizona. And I ship everything Priority Mail so add $6.95 to your order. One to three books will be just $6.95 shipping. Four or more, it'll be more. Total, in Tucson: 33.92 Priority. Total, outside of Tucson: $31.90 Priority.
4) Or find me on the street. I'll have a box of books in the truck of Mary's Buick for a few weeks at least.
The books look great. They smell good too like new books do.
And for those of you who have pre-ordered the PBRC book, I'm heading to the post office in about an hour. Look for them in your mailbox in the next day or three.
The Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair Audiobook has been uploaded to CDBaby and soon to all the digital platforms. (A couple of little hitches have arisen that should be fixed early next week. This is normal. We had a couple with Ingram, my book printer too. It was Fezziwig Press' mistakes, not Ingram's or CDBaby's, just to be clear.)
The Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair trade paperback is being printed as I type in New Jersey. I have a proof here, in my hot little hands, that arrived on Wednesday. It looks beautiful.
Copies of Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair: The Deaths of Pamela and Mary Jenks should be at the Fezziwig Press studio in Tucson, hopefully by the end of next week. Audiobooks of the PBRC will be on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc, within 10 days to two weeks.
The files have been uploaded to Ingram/Lightning Source. A color proof should be coming in a week or less. Now working on the audio book. I'll let you know when the trade paperback is available for purchase. Shouldn't be long now.
Hello, y'all. Stu Jenks, owner of Fezziwig Press here...
Next week, I'll be taking down four ebook titles of Fezziwig Press from iBooks, Kindle, Nook and all ebook providers. Due to not-great sales, higher-than-I-like annual fees, and shame-on-you internet thefts, Hoop Dancing, Bozo In Love, The Shifting Light and The Fatal Figures will soon no longer be for sale as ebooks. Buy them now if you want them on your iPad. All but The Shifting Light can still be bought as hold-in-your-hand books through Fezziwig Press and other book book providers out there. Step Zero, Flame Spirals, The Transpersonal Papers and Dementia Blues will still be available as ebooks for the time being, but that may change but not right now. I'll keep you posted.
Also, in July of this year, Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair: The Deaths Of Pamela and Mary Jenks will be released at Fezziwig Press. This will only be released as a first edition analog photo-story book. No ebooks of the PBRC. More on the PBRC as we get closer to release.
And thanks as always for your support.
Love, light and luck,
P.S. Today is my sister Pamela's birthday. She would have been 64 today. May her and my parents' souls rest easy.
"Holy, Holy, Holy: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming" (c) 2013 Stu Jenks & St. Mark's Episcopal, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
From the desk of Wanda Hughes, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
appears that this is a depiction of an angel. The stained glass window
is titled Holy, Holy, Holy and is in memory of Sarah E. Pierce
who died August 24th, 1888. Mrs. Pierce was a popular music teacher.
Her students and friends had a benefit musical to raise money for this
memorial to her. It features an angel singing. The maker was Cox Sons
Buckley, London & New York."
From the desk of me, Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press, Tucson, Arizona
"I'm going to take this a step further. This angel is Sarah Pierce, the beloved music teacher. The cherubs above her head represent her students. What a wonderful way to be remembered throughout time: as a musical angel in stained glass at a frontier church. If only we all could be so lucky. And thanks to Greta Ward and a friend of hers for contacting St. Mark's to get this information. I have a call into them as well to thank them. Stunning glass. Stunning church."
Images from last Friday's shoot at Owachomo Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. All images copyright 2013 Stu Jenks and Fezziwig Press.To purchase images rights or prints, just contact Fezziwig Press at email@example.com P.S. I'm fine with you drag-and-dropping these low rez images onto your desktop. Just don't print them or sell them. Thanks, Stu.
A photography ebook has been produced to raise funds for this year's All Souls' Procession of Tucson, Arizona. Selected images from the All Souls' Procession (ASP) Media Circle photographers represent the bulk of the book, along with a brief foreword by me. The photographers included are David Anderson, Randy Ashley, Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Cathy Bruegger, Katherine Burdick, Jody Cummins, Kathleen Dreier, C. Elliott, Lisa Foote, Jessica Hately, Tim Janes, Stu Jenks, Elijah Lecomte, Karel Moonen, Brendan Murphy, Jeff Smith and Susan Tiss. The ebook is for sale at the Apple website for viewing on iPads and iPhones and at the Amazon website for their Kindles. (It'll soon be available on the Nook at Barnes and Noble, and shortly on many international platforms.) The price is $7.99. All proceeds from sales (and I do mean ALL) go to the Tucson All Souls' Procession. This project has the blessing of Many Mouths One Stomach/ASP of Tucson. Give as you can. I hope you enjoy the photography in this book. Below is my foreword and a couple of images from last year's ASP.
Many in American culture today seem to believe we will never die. If we eat right, exercise and think good thoughts, we’ll live forever, and if not that, we’ll all die in our sleep, having been perfectly healthy the night before at the ripe old age of 107. But we all know that’s not true. Death is many things: The end of long suffering and illness; a sudden death due to accident, violence or overdose; a child dying far too soon; a peaceful transition from one life to the next; a quiet entering into the void; a life everlasting; or simply a great big dirt nap. Any, all, or none of the above. It’s a mystery. But one thing is not mysterious. We will all die, every single one of us, and after we have died, friends, family, and loved ones will remember us, and most will miss that we are no longer around. Tucson’s All Souls’ Procession Weekend is a remembrance of those who have died and a celebration of the mysteries that surround them and death. The weekend begins with an afternoon for children, The Procession Of The Little Angels on Saturday, but it’s Sunday’s All Souls’ Procession And Finale that leaves people stunned and awake, crying and smiling, somber and laughing, fearful and full of faith. Any, all, or none of the above. It’s a mystery.